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Supply Chain Game Changers, The: Applications and Best Practices that are Shaping the Future of Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Game Changers, The: Applications and Best Practices that are Shaping the Future of Supply Chain Management

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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 320
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-409386-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-409386-4


  • For all supply chain decision-makers, professionals, and students
  • Improve financial and operational performance
  • Manage risk and ensure continuity
  • Drive value through deeper integration
  • Optimize logistics cost and customer responsiveness
  • Hire and develop world-class talent

This book brings together advanced supply chain practices that yield significant, enduring business advantage. It reflects extensive collaboration between industry pioneers and The University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI), a leading source of best practice knowledge for global supply chain management.

Building on GSCI’s deep industry partnerships, this book’s techniques take you far beyond the past decade’s advances. You’ll find new approaches to managing risk, integration, talent, distribution, purchasing, logistics, and more—all extensively vetted by leading executives. The authors fully explain each technique; its rationale, advantages, and challenges; and how pioneering organizations have implemented it.

The world will look radically different in five years. If you want your supply chain to deliver competitive advantage tomorrow, you need to prepare today. This book shows you what to do, and how to get there.

In recent years, practically everyone’s supply chain has become more sophisticated. To gain competitive advantage from your supply chain in the future, you’ll have to do even more. The Supply Chain Game Changers identifies powerful new ways to drive value in complex global supply chains, shows how pioneers are succeeding with these innovations, and helps you make them work in your environment. The authors first discuss ten trends impacting global supply chains today, and preview emerging drivers of change through 2025. Reflecting these changes, they share new best practices for managing global supply chains, evolving supply networks, and accounting for economics, politics, infrastructure, and competence.

Next, the authors drill down to offer detailed guidance on several crucial aspects of supply chain management. You’ll discover new ways to identify, prioritize, and mitigate risk; balance cost and customer responsiveness through advanced distribution centers; integrate purchasing and logistics more effectively; and attract and develop world-class talent.

The book concludes with the authors’ Top Ten actions for creating tomorrow’s world-class supplychain, practical tools for assessing where you stand,and detailed guidance for creating your new Action Plan.

Manage tomorrow’s multiple threats to supply chain continuity

Address the full spectrum of risks: from natural disasters to currency fluctuations to piracy

Fix your supply chain’s hidden destroyer of value

Overcome costly, damaging disconnects between purchasing and logistics

Cut logistics costs and improve customer service at the same time

Master high-value best practices, from picking/receiving to HR to sustainability

Overcome the supply chain field’s deepening talent crisis

Develop and retain future-focused industry leaders

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments    viii

About the Authors    ix

Introduction    1

Chapter 1:  Game-Changing Trends in Supply Chain Management    7

Chapter 2:  Global Supply Chains     90

Chapter 3:  Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain    141

Chapter 4:  The ABCs of DCs—Distribution-Center Management:  A Best Practices Overview     174

Chapter 5:  Bending the Chain: The Surprising Challenge of Integrating Purchasing and Logistics     220

Chapter 6:  Supply Chain Talent—Our Most Important Resource     253

Conclusion    294

Index    299


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